Everyone is looking for ways to be healthier. Improving your air quality is one of the easiest ways to do this. While there are many ways to improve the air quality in your home, you should consider upgrading your HVAC equipment. There are many ways to retrofit your HVAC if you aren’t ready to update your whole system. You should replace your HVAC unit every 10 years. Here are a few ways your health will thank you for upgrading.
You will breathe easier
Image via Flickr by George Lane
HVAC systems are the primary tool for filtering your air. They catch pollen, dust, and pollution that cause allergies and worsen asthma. They eliminate odors by circulating the air, leaving your home fresh and fume-free. Newer systems have better quality filtration systems due to advances in technology, which means that more allergens and pollutants are pulled out of the air. Newer HVAC units are also designed to better regulate humidity, so you won’t have dry nasal passages or sticky air. High-humidity air is also the perfect environment for mold and fungus to grow. Investing in a HEPA filter will help limit mold and fungus spores, as well as filter your air. HEPA filters are great if you have animals that shed, a large family or severe allergies.
You will get better sleep
Upgrading your HVAC can help you sleep better. Research shows that you fall asleep faster and sleep more deeply when your bedroom is set to a cooler temperature. A smart thermostat can help better regulate the temperature in your room at night. These are thermostats that are connected to a phone app and are highly programmable, which means you can control the temperature remotely and set schedules for changes in temperature. For example, you can have the temperature drop a few degrees as you get ready for bed or turn off while you are at work. They learn your temperature and humidity preferences, making it easier to program as your thermostat gathers data.
Better air quality also helps sleep. Improved air quality helps your breathing, which enables you to stay asleep longer and spend more time in deep sleep phases, where your most restful sleep happens. Your newly upgraded, efficient HVAC will make sure that you aren’t breathing allergens and irritants while you sleep.
You will have less stress by saving money
Financial stress has a huge impact on your health. Newer HVAC systems are more energy-efficient than units ten years ago, which will significantly improve your energy bill. The smart thermostats can automatically adjust temperatures while no one is home and use motion sensors so it can adapt if someone is home outside of its regularly scheduled adjustments. Upgrading your HVAC every 10 years will not only save you money on repairs, but the stress of having to deal with AC repairs constantly with an old HVAC unit.
Upgrading your HVAC is a great way to improve your health and save you money. Air quality affects your sleeping habits, your exposure to allergens and pollutants, how quickly odors and fumes build in your home, and how easily mold builds. Give your local HVAC professional a call to find which systems best meet your needs and budget.